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Accessible facilities for all at Sport & Fitness

Discover how the University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness facilities and website cater for users with temporary, situational or permanent physical, vision or hearing impairments.

We actively encourage people of all abilities to develop their health and fitness and discover new passions. This is why our club has been specially designed to maximise opportunities for everyone with physical impairments. If you would like to come in and speak to us before using the club, we’d love to see you!

You can also read our Accessibility Statement for information on our website accessibility.

Your Visit

GETTING HERE

Sport & Fitness has a dedicated car park for members and users of the club. There are 18 disabled spaces available to vehicles displaying a valid blue badge. The entrance to the car park is located on Edgbaston Park Road.

The campus mobility map provides further information on accessing services and buildings around campus.

FACILITIES

We have Changing Places changing rooms located on the Ground and Lower Ground floors, as well as accessible toilets with emergency pull-cords on each floor. We have lifts, located at either end of the building, that can accommodate up to two wheelchairs plus helpers, and fire refuges at each level in both stairwells.

HEALTH & SAFETY

As well as trained First-Aiders on every floor, we have Call Assistant points in all activity spaces to enable quick First-Aider response times. We also have a number of front-line staff trained in Mental Health First Aid, to support those with mental health conditions.

Your safety is our priority, so any user declaring a disability can have a bespoke Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) designed for them by our Health & Safety Officer in case of emergency. To request a PEEP, all you need to do is email our Health & Safety Officer Steve Harris.

exterior shot of the Sport & Fitness building
Woman lifting dumbbell wearing a black top and leggings

Gym

Inside the gym, we have 25 pieces of Inclusive Fitness Initiative accredited equipment to enable members with physical impairments to train effectively and comfortably. The gym staff also have the experience and expertise to advise members of all abilities.

The gym is located on the first floor and can be accessed via a lift.

Pool

The 50m pool has a manual hoist to assist people who experience difficulty getting into or out of the pool. There is also a set of movable steps and a lift that enables wheelchair-bound and partially-mobile users to easily access the pool. The pool is located on the Lower Ground floor and can be accessed via the lifts at either end of the building. We also have a number of options for adult swimming lessons, including 1:1 sessions.

Alta Disabled Swim Club are a friendly club based around recreational swimming and socialising with use of the pool on Sundays between 1 – 2pm. If you would like to become a member of the Alta Disabled Swim Club, email our Sales team, who will be happy to put you in touch.

swim teacher and student in the pool learning to swim
active club yoga with instructor helen and three members

Indoor Activities

UoB Sport & Fitness has a number of indoor spaces for classes, events and sports. The Munrow Arena, Slater Hall and Studio 1 are all located on the ground floor and accessed from the main corridor. Studio 2, our six squash courts and the climbing wall are located on the second floor and can be accessed via the lifts, and the Dojo is on the top floor and is best accessed via the lift closest to Studio 1.

All our classes – including favourites like Zumba, Yoga, Body Pump, Circuits and Aqua Fit – are inclusive and can be adapted to suit individual needs. All our instructors are fully qualified and are happy to discuss specific needs privately at the start of the class. If you have any questions about our classes, please email our Participation team for more information.

The Munrow Arena and Slater Hall can accommodate wheelchair-based sports.

Facility Hire

Any group bookings with disabled participants will require a Group Emergency Evacuation Plan prior to confirming the booking, along with an activity risk assessment.

To arrange a group emergency evacuation plan, please contact Steve Harris via email at s.a.harris@bham.ac.uk.

Aerial shot of the Munrow Arena hosting a wheelchair basketball event
woman and man playing football on a blue football pitch

Sports Clubs

Our sports clubs are accessible to all students, staff and community members. All training sessions and activities are tailored to specific abilities and needs.

UoB Sport & Fitness Website Accessibility

We aim to make our website accessible to all, and you can discover what you should be able to do on our site by viewing our Accessibility Statement.

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you experience any problems not listed on the Accessibility Statement page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please email press@sportandfitness.bham.ac.uk.